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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan talks to the press during a rare news conference at CIA Headquarters in Virginia, December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Washington- (CNN) — CIA Director John Brennan said in two television interviews on Wednesday that the time of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is limited.

Brennan stated during an interview with CNN that the “U.S. is now more secure than it was 15 years ago (9/11 attacks).” He continued, “We learnt a lot” noting that the cooperation and intelligence information exchange have increased among the various U.S. security agencies and ministries. CIA Director affirmed that conducting an attack similar to 9/11 is now difficult. “ISIS was sacked from several regions in Iraq and Syria… ISIS no longer has the same control over the territories as it used to before,” he added.

“Brennan added that Russia is “an adversary in a number of areas,” and that the Intelligence officials have indicated that Russia was behind the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee.

“Mr. Putin has been very aggressive in his foreign policy,” Brennan said. “But also very aggressive in the cyber realm…So I think while we have to be very wary of what the Russians may be doing, I think we have to be very careful about believing some of the things that they say publicly.”

Brennan considers it a tough mission to reunite Syria and Iraq and he seems uncertain of the possibility to form a central government capable of managing both countries in a fair way.

“The U.S. does not want dictatorial central governments in Syria and Iraq; such governments were the reason behind the ongoing problems in the region,” said Brennan. “We thought the democracy will flourish after the Arab Spring and the toppling of dictators but this did not happen,” he added.